Cincinnati Preschool Promise

We have always hoped that this year would be all about children, and Monday night’s Cincinnati Public School Board meeting was a big win for children – beginning the process of ensuring all of our children get a great start with access to quality preschool AND a great school with a strong and vibrant public school system.

The CPS School Board voted Monday night to pursue a combined levy with the Preschool Promise that would provide $15 million per year to our program for the next five years. This will be a historic, game-changing investment in children and our schools. It is now up to us all to ensure it becomes a reality.

Thank you for your continued support of what will be a monumental achievement in our city’s step towards progress. See coverage of this transformative vision below:

Enquirer story link

WCPO story link

We know that a great start involves two years of quality preschool, which works and is greatly needed. The RAND study found that an investment in quality preschool leads to more children starting school ready to thrive and supports preschool as a strong economic investment with savings to taxpayers and a stronger workforce for our economy. The RAND report also confirms what local data has shown for some time, far too few of our children are enrolled in preschool (currently less than 50% are enrolled and access to high quality programs is limited (~42% of programs are quality rated). The cost of quality preschool makes it difficult for most families to afford it and we have the opportunity to change that.

The Cincinnati Preschool Promise has worked for several years in a community-driven way to build broad support to dramatically expand access to quality preschool throughout our city.

Monday night’s vote represents a big step forward in achieving this goal of expanding access to two years of quality preschool, and our commitment to ensuring children continue to succeed after they enter school.

-The CPP Leadership Team

For a deeper dive, see the Updated Cincinnati Preschool PlanPreschool Promise Overview, the RAND study on the impact of preschool, and our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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